More than 100 nominated for University president position

Updated: Oct. 21, 2016 at 11:35 a.m.

More than 100 people have been nominated to fill the role of University president.

Board of Trustees chairman Nelson Carbonell said at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting that the board now is in the process of building a diverse pool of candidates from the 100 nominees to fill the position.

Faculty were encouraged to submit names of people who might be interested in or qualified for the position, Carbonell said at a Faculty Assembly meeting last month.

Over the summer, University President Steven Knapp announced that this would be his last academic year at GW. Knapp was chosen to replace University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg in 2007. More than 100 people applied for the position in 2007.

The 19-person presidential search committee consists of 10 trustees, six faculty members, the president of the Alumni Association, a staff member and the Student Association president. The final presidential selection will be made by the Board of Trustees in the spring.

Since the launch of the search committee in June, some faculty have expressed concerns that the committee is not diverse.

Despite these concerns, the search committee developed a profile for candidates that includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion, a vision on how to grow fundraising, management and leadership skills and a dedication and accessibility to the student body.

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